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The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Full Length Play

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

Rolin Jones

Full Length Play

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822220718

Jennifer is just an average girl who re-engineers obsolete missile com…

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Winner of a 2006 Obie Award.
Jennifer is just an average girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact. Rolin Jones' irreverent "techno-comedy" chronicles one brilliant woman's quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow.
Winner of a 2006 Obie Award. "Fantastical and funny…a heartbreaking study of a wounded and abandoned bird who finds refuge, strength and empowerment through her cyber-connections with the outside world…captures the speed, strain and surreality of a serious mental illness…reveals a lost child in a techno-world who is cracking up under the parental pressure of being the perfect girl." —Variety. "…Bright and engaging…boldly imagined…Mr. Jones unfolds his tale of pioneering science fueled by post-adolescent angst with pleasing agility." —NY Times. "A fresh, loopy and ultimately crushing play that tickles us under the chin and in the ribs, only to rip out our vulnerable hearts…explodes with vitality and charm…blessed with Jones' uncanny ear for spoken dialogue, the characters leap off the stage as if propelled by rocket fuel." —New Haven Register. "Fantasy interweaves with a hard, gritty reality." —Connecticut Post. "Harvests many laughs and finally a few tears." —LA Times. "Explosively energetic and touching…original wide-awake script…[a] hilarious evening." —San Diego Union-Tribune.


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Rolin Jones

Rolin Jones' play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It received the 2006 Obie Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Productions of Jenny Chow include: South Coast Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Yale Repertory, Studio Theatre (DC), Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), Portland Center Stage, San Jose Repertory, among others.His full-length play, The ... view full profile

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